Do the job before it is yours

I Chronicles 11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.

I believe there is a leadership lesson in this verse. I find many of them in the life of David. Would you consider the principle this verse teaches with me? In the verse, you will notice that Saul is still the king. The men are on the verge of making David king but this is after long years of service and sacrifice. They make the comment that it was David who had already been leading the people. David had taken them out to battle. David had brought them home.

David was doing the job before it was his to do. David didn’t have the title or position but he did the work. People recognized his service. They knew that he hadn’t tried to take Saul’s throne. David had simply served waiting on God and His timing.

David already knew that God had plans for his life. God had told him that he would be king. God had spoken to David about feeding His people. God had made it clear to David that he was to be the ruler

Lesson number one is that you should be doing the job before it is yours. Start working now. Do not lay around waiting on the doors of opportunity to swing open for you. Do what you would do if it were your job. Don’t wait for a title to do the job.

Lesson number two is let people see you doing the work. Develop a testimony of a servant. Let people see that you are not in the ministry for ego but for service. It isn’t the title that motivates you but the desire to honor God.

Lesson number three is that even if you know that God has a plan for your life you will wait for Him to open the doors and make it clear when you are to do things. Do not become a rebel. Do not become a pain to the leadership that God has placed in your life. Wait on God.

God does have a job for you to do. He has great plans for your life. There is a right way to go about being used or getting a ministry. Do right. Start right now to serve. Be everywhere you can, doing all you can, while you wait on God to place you where He wants.

Do you see this principle lived out in the life of David? He was doing the work before it was his to do!

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  1. This is one of the best leadership lessons you can learn! This article is a must read if you want to serve God!!! If you want to serve Him don’t wait start doing the work now and in due time he’ll give you the position to do so on a larger level!!! I learned much from this because I won’t be a missionary in the future, if I won’t do the work of a missionary now right where I am at the moment.

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